Sunday, May 9, 2010

taking a break....with the news


Where I grew up in South Elgin there was one garage for the whole town. It smelled like oil and grease and the mechanic knew all our names.
I painted this on one of the panels that I prepared with lead white paint. This lead-paint-prepared panel certainly had a superior feel. I have an eye on submitting this to a particular exhibit. I might also do another version of it....and I will definitely prepare more panels with lead white (even though it seemed like a lot of work). (Thanks, Thomas Kitts!).

Painting: Celeste Bergin, Yesterday's News, canvas panel, 9x12 inches.

12 comments:

Casey Klahn said...

Very great feeling to this. Wonderful pose, too. You amaze me, Celeste.

hwfarber said...

We have a garage like this here in my town. There is a car seat--people stop by, sit down, and chat; the mechanic's name is Junior. Another great work.

ArtSparker said...

This looks like your Ashcan School phase - nice moody piece.

Kathy said...

The first thing that strikes me is the wonderful composition! I really like the blocked-in spaces that surround the figure and the colors you chose. Another great painting!

AutumnLeaves said...

This is so gorgeous, Celeste. I love the old-time feel to this...a bit of Mayberry? I think you'd be surprised to see South Elgin today. Elgin just seems so urbane and sprawling these days - not that I'm in that neck of the woods often. Still, back to this splendiferous artwork! Just hearkens back to a bygone era and I love it.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

It sounds like there was a difference in painting on the lead white support. Great painting with lots of atmosphere!

Linda said...

I like the atmosphere in this painting. I would also like to see a larger piece done. Very nice, Celeste!

Melissa Ekberg Fernandes said...

wonderful work , so easy to get into this ....

Sheila said...

What a cool painting with a cool story behind it. Thanks for sharing the technique and Thomas' link on how to lay a lead white surface down. Now to get some lead white and try this too!

Manon Doyle said...

I love the feel of this piece, Celeste!! Wonderful piece!!

PAMO said...

Just fabulous. I love your work Celeste. You inspire me daily.

Dan Kent said...

This is beautiful - such creative use of color - love how you captured the scene in such an impressionistic way, yet it's clearly like a thousand gas stations I've driven by. When I dabbled in oil ages ago, I loved the texture of (I believe it was called) flake white. I think it had a lead base. I am dummer now, but it made me happy, so who cares?